According to the Washington Post, President Trump has hired many political staffers to watch his Cabinet picks in order to make sure they are loyal to him.
Trump, who is distrustful of some how his picks, has hired these spies to keep tabs on them. However, in the case of the Environmental Protection Agency, Secretary Scott Pruitt has shut the staffer tasked with watching him out of meetings.
A Marine officer and former fighter pilot was tasked with watching Sec. Jim Mattis. The spy even earned the nickname “the commissar,” a reference to the Soviet-Russia Communist Party official that used to keep tabs on the regime.
Trump has even installed spies into agencies that he hasn’t even nominated leadership for.
To date, Trump has hired hundreds of staff that previously worked as lobbyists or for far-right media outlets, and of those, 16 are reportedly working as watchdogs for Trump.
According to the The Post, the watchdogs are reporting to Rick Dearborn, the White House deputy chief of staff for policy. Every week, the aides gather for a conference call and report their findings.
Just last week, reports leaked that the White House was suffering from a state of paranoia. One Republican close to the Trump administration clarified the claim, saying, “It’s not paranoia if people really are out to get you, and everybody actually is out to get everyone else.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingirch defended Trump’s decision.
“If you drain the swamp, you better have someone who watches over the alligators,” Gingrich told The Post. “These people are actively trying to undermine the new government. And they think it’s their moral obligation to do so.”